Today marked a huge step forward in genre filmmaking when the superhero film Logan was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. This is a film that was something of a critical darling upon its release, and even then, many fans were hoping that the film would get some sort of Oscar consideration.
Earlier this morning, the Academy Awards revealed their nominations, and there in black-and-white was Logan, nominated for the work done by James Mangold, Michael Green, and Scott Frank.
In response to this nomination, Logan star Hugh Jackman sent out a congratulatory tweet, saying:
If Hollywood kept statistics for the most assists in nominations/awards … @mang0ld would be the league leader. Today, he finally got the recognition he deserves. Congrats brother! @WolverineMovie #Logan #Wolverine #Oscars2018 pic.twitter.com/Zp2CDo9mCA
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) January 23, 2018
This is a pretty big deal. For years, comic book movies (and genre films in general) have been fighting for validation by awards organization. Back in 2009, The Dark Knight was snubbed for Best Picture, which led to the Academy changing their rules to allow up to 10 films nominated for the award.
However, not a lot changed. Rather than expand their horizons with more genre films, they had a tendency to nominate more stereotypical Oscar fare movies. As such, this nomination for Logan, while only one nomination, is a huge step forward to organizations understanding just how important and well-made these films have become.
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